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Saying Something : Jazz Improvisation and Interaction - Ingrid Monson

Saying Something

Jazz Improvisation and Interaction

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This fresh look at the neglected rhythm section in jazz ensembles shows that the improvisational interplay among drums, bass, and piano is just as innovative, complex, and spontaneous as the solo. Ingrid Monson juxtaposes musicians' talk and musical examples to ask how musicians go about "saying something" through music in a way that articulates identity, politics, and race. Through interviews with Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Sir Roland Hanna, Billy Higgins, Cecil McBee, and others, she develops a perspective on jazz improvisation that has "interactiveness" at its core, in the creation of music through improvisational interaction, in the shaping of social communities and networks through music, and in the development of cultural meanings and ideologies that inform the interpretation of jazz in twentieth-century American cultural life.
Replete with original musical transcriptions, this broad view of jazz improvisation and its emotional and cultural power will have a wide audience among jazz fans, ethnomusicologists, and anthropologists.

List of Illustrations
Talking to Musicians
Grooving and Feeling
Music, Language, and Cultural Styles: Improvisation as Conversation
Interaction, Feeling, and Musical Analysis
Ethnomusicology, Interaction, and Poststructuralism Coda Notes Interviews Recordings
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ISBN: 9780226534770
ISBN-10: 0226534774
Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 29th March 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2